Psalm 23 — Part 11
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6).
Several years ago, my wife and I drove through Wales. It is a country of rolling green hills dotted with quaint farms full of flocks of sheep. As we came over a hill, we were suddenly brought to a dead stop due to a large flock crossing the road. Out front, we could see the shepherd leading his sheep to fresh pasture. As the last of the sheep came into view, we noticed two sheep dogs hard at work keeping the stragglers and those that wanted to go their own way from taking off in the wrong direction. I said to my wife, “That’s Goodness and Mercy.”
Yes, we have the goodness of God to enjoy and rest in. “The goodness of God endureth continually” (Psalm 52:1). And we also have His mercy to carry us through every situation: “His mercy endureth forever” (Psalm 118:1). With the Great Shepherd leading us, and His goodness and mercy to follow and protect us, we can indeed follow on as His sheep no matter how steep or difficult the path of faith, and no matter how much the enemy seeks to discourage us and lead us astray.